Faith and Justice: First strike: He is male. Any man who thinks he has something to say about women to women needs his head examined.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio
Analysis: The cardinals didn't just elect the man but a program, one that found expression in the document produced by the Latin American bishops in Aparecida, Brazil, in May 2007.
A Roman Observer: Pope Benedict continues to receive praise for his courageous decision. But Pope Francis also deserves credit for the way this has played out.
Book review: Austen Ivereigh has brought together extensive research to produce a thorough, acute and engaging analysis of the phenomenon that is Pope Francis.
Paul Vallely over at Newsweek wrote an interesting story on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, and his life in Argentina, "The Crisis that Changed Pope Francis." The lengthy account centers on a period of time in which Bergoglio was sent to Córdoba, Argentina, more than 400 miles away from Buenos Aires.
I normally do not reply to attacks in the media, but Sandro Magister is a respected Italian conservative with very good sources in the Vatican, so I want to correct a reference he made to me.
In his column "The Betting is Open on the Next Synod," he wrote:
The fact that the "reactionaries" Caffarra, Scola, and Aguilar have been invited to take part in the synod by Francis himself has significantly chilled the enthusiasm for the current pope.
Pope Francis is the sovereign of Vatican City and has a Holy See passport. But even dressed in papal white, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is an Argentine citizen with a brand new passport and national identity card.
"The pope wanted to continue having normal Argentine documents," said Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. "This doesn't mean that he isn't also the head of state of Vatican City and the pontiff."
When Pope Francis was elected, one of the stories circulating was that in the previous election, he had come in second to Pope Benedict XVI. I've thought about that, wondering if, when he heard the name "Benedict," he had considered to himself what name he would have chosen -- perhaps Francis. If he had looked at the red shoes and thought how peculiar it would have been to be wearing them. And if, as Benedict spoke to the church, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was quietly aware that he would have said it differently.
All Things Catholic: Geneva was the setting for a riveting bit of theater as two Vatican heavyweights sat before a panel to field questions about the sex abuse scandals.
All Things Catholic: There is a growing migration of priests and religious from the "global south" to the north. What can the church do about it?